vegan/gluten-Free cinnamon sugar cookies

A dear dear friend of mine told me a few days ago that she will be moving… FAR FAR AWAY. I am so sad to see her and her sweet family go, but I am so excited for them as they start this amazing new adventure on the other side of the country. We will be meeting  tomorrow for a family picnic to spend time with each other. This will be the last time I get to see my friend, her husband, and her three sweet children for a very long time. I’m already sobbing while I’m typing this just thinking about how far away she’ll be. Anyway… tears aside, I said that I would bring a dessert to our picnic tomorrow. My friend and her family are on a somewhat restricted diet, which might terrify some people, but I was super excited to try to make a vegan/gluten-free dessert.

I read a really amazing blog the other day that talked about 160 different uses for coconut oil and its amazing healing properties on the body. If you are interested, you can read the blog at: http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/01/160-uses-for-coconut-oil.html
Ever since, I have been shall we say “coo- coo for coconuts.” I have been using coconut oil in everything imaginable. I even sautéed my vegetables for dinner the other night in coconut oil. Anyway, the point of this coconutty rant is that I used coconut oil (and coconut flour!) to make my vegan/gluten-free cinnamon sugar cookies.

They are in the snicker-doodle family, I guess, but the coconut flour and coconut oil that I used give these cookies a very unique (and I think) delicious flavor. They are really soft and chewy on the inside and have a nice crisp outside. They are really sweet and delicious and in my opinion do not taste like they are gluten-free or vegan! This was my first ever attempt at making my own gluten-free/vegan cookie recipe, and I am pleasantly surprised with the results.

If you want to make these, you may have to do some searching to find the flours. I bought all of my gluten-free alternative flours at the local Organic Food Depot. I buy my Earth Balance and organic virgin coconut oil at Trader Joe’s Grocery Store.

Vegan/gluten-free cinnamon sugar cookies

Recipe should make 2 dozen cookies

1 cup coconut flour

½ cup almond meal

¼ cup white rice flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ cup organic virgin coconut oil

½ cup earth balance (or any non-dairy butter alternative)

2 flax eggs (1 tbsp flax-seed meal + 3 tbsp water = 1 “egg”)

1 ½ tsp vanilla

¾ cup organic cane sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Sift together the coconut flour, almond meal, white rice flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside

In another bowl melt the coconut oil and earth balance (mine melted in the microwave in 25 seconds). Mix the two together thoroughly and add in the ½ tsp salt. Then whisk in the flax “eggs.”

Whisk the vanilla, cane sugar, and brown sugar into the oil, egg, and salt mixture.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Shape the dough into balls and roll the dough in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

There are no eggs in the recipe so you don’t have to worry about salmonella poisoning (vegan for the win!) and you can eat as much of the batter as you want 😉

Pat down the cinnamon-sugar covered dough balls into semi-flat  cookies (they won’t really expand much when baking). If you don’t pat them down they may burn on the outside and stay dough-like on the inside.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet before trying to move them. Once cooled completely they move really well, but if you try to move them while they are still hot they will just crumble. I left mine in the oven for a little bit too long because they didn’t look like they were baking in the center. I realized, however, that once they come to room temperature they are just fine. The coconut oil really works amazingly well to hold these cookies together (coconut oil solidifies at room temperature).

I’m excited to share these at the picnic tomorrow and see what my friend and her family thinks of the recipe. My husband just got home and he can’t stop eating them. He didn’t know that they were vegan or gluten-free until I told him. I think this was a delicious and surprisingly successful recipe.

One thought on “vegan/gluten-Free cinnamon sugar cookies

  1. kelly says:

    you’re so funny and everything is so perfectly written. you’re doing a fantastic job and i really adore the yummy recipes. keep them comin!

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